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The South West Prospect of Manchester, in the County Palatine of Lancaster

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 35 Great Smith Street

    This panorama of Manchester, published in the early 18th century by brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, shows the city surrounded by green fields. The most dominate building is the central church, labelled in the key below the image as ‘The Collegiate Church.’ The building, begun in 1421, acquired Cathedral status in 1847 and remains a significant feature of the city today.

  • About the artist
    Brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck were the leading British topographical draughtsmen and engravers of the 18th century. They produced several hundred drawings and engravings, including 87 ‘Prospects’ of England and Wales. The engravings are important visual records of the appearance of British urban landscapes prior to the Industrial Revolution. In many cases, the places depicted have since disappeared or changed beyond recognition. Their dedication in recording almost every corner of the country has left modern viewers with an invaluable record of Britain’s past. As demand for their prints fell away, Nathaniel took over a furniture business, while Samuel tried several professions, including teaching draughtsmanship and cleaning pictures.
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    The South West Prospect of Manchester, in the County Palatine of Lancaster
    Coloured engraving
    Purchased from the Parker Gallery, March 1968
    GAC number